Sri Lanka’s coach, Chris Silverwood, is confident that his team will fight back to level the two-match series against Pakistan in the second Test. Despite Pakistan’s lack of Test wins in the past year, a four-wicket victory in the first Test means they only need a draw to win the series. Silverwood expressed the importance of winning at home and the motivation within the team to pick up Test points. On the other hand, Pakistan’s coach, Grant Bradburn, emphasized their goal of becoming the number one team in the world and their intention to entertain and play dynamically. Sri Lanka’s fielding proved costly in the first Test, so they will need to improve in that area. The second Test will be held at the Singhalese Sports Club, a venue that Sri Lanka lost to England at when Silverwood was England’s bowling coach. Both teams will need to adapt to the conditions of the ground, with Pakistan considering adding another seamer. Silverwood praised Pakistan’s pace bowlers, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah, for their skill and ability to make batting difficult. Sri Lanka has a strong record at the SSC, winning 20 out of 43 Tests played there, while Pakistan has won one and lost one in their six matches at the venue.
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